Tonnage surge of 20.8% at Doha’s Hamad International Airport

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Aerial view of Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport (HIA) saw airfreight (cargo and mail) grow significantly in 2016 by 20.8 per cent compared to 2015 reaching a new high of 1.7 million tonnes.

During 2016, HIA says it invested in increasing its capacity, improving its product offering and redesigning its operational processes to efficiently accommodate the increasing traffic over the coming years.

On the operations side, 15 new aircraft parking stands have been constructed to support the hub operation of Qatar Airways.

During 2016, HIA says it also witnessed a growth in its network with Qatar Airways connecting Doha directly to 14 new routes.

Hamad International Airport chief operating officer, Badr Mohammed Al Meer says: “2016 has been an exceptional year for HIA. Our capacity expansion programme launched in 2016 has also enabled us to efficiently serve our increasing passenger numbers and handle growing cargo and aircraft movements with our renowned high-quality standards.

“The programme will ensure that HIA continues to be one of the leading aviation hubs of the world in the coming years.”